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2014 Gameday

Gameday 5: Phillies vs. Cubs


Philadelphia Phillies (2-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-3)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40)
CHI: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00)

Time: 2:20, Wrigley Field
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 47
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Jimmy Rollins is back in the lineup after leaving to be with his wife and their new daughter; he’s hitting second, the spot that Carlos Ruiz had held the last few games. Ruiz, who gets the day off, has been solid to begin the year. Wil Nieves gets his first look behind the dish.

During the first four games the Phillies have seen plenty of pitches. Yesterday, they forced the Cubs to throw 171. The Phillies also rank 4th in the majors in on-base percentage heading into today’s game at .360. Again, it’s just four games, but it’s hard to complain.


Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Brown LF / Nieves C / Asche 3B / Lee P



  1. Hogey's Role

    April 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    The boys are looking good so far..

    Go phils!!!!

  2. Tracey

    April 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm


  3. Tracey

    April 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Way to work a pitch count, Ryan!

  4. Brian

    April 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Why did you guys stop doing last years’ game day beer?

  5. Tracey

    April 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Ugh. Pitcher gets a lead-off single, then an out and a DP. Way to waste the effort, guys. I hope you don’t waste Lee’s pitching effort…

  6. Tracey

    April 5, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    OK, let’s get some runs out of this. We need to pad the lead in case they decide to put in Crapelbon again.

  7. Tracey

    April 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Woo hoo! Thank you!

  8. Hogey's Role

    April 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful job by diekman there, he keeps looking better and better…. Whose gonna be in for the ninth

    • Hogey's Role

      April 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Crap, pimplebombs warming up

      • Hogey's Role

        April 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        Hell of a battle by bonifacio there, but nice job by pap….

      • Tracey

        April 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

        WOO HOO! He didn’t blow it! Phis are over .500!

      • schmenkman

        April 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        On pace for 97 wins : )

      • Hogey's Role

        April 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

        I would love to see 97 wins… I’m holding my breath

  9. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Another solid game. Chase is the MAN, but would be even more the man if he took a bat to Papelbon’s head. I still cannot stand him. Bryd is a clear defensive upgrade over anyone else we had there in recent seasons. Nix and Nieves are atrocious. Looking forward to the sweep tomorrow. Go Phils!

  10. Ken Bland

    April 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Combined, the 2 clubs were 1-15 in the RISP category. That’s called unCardinallike. The Cub portion of the shortcoming was 0-7, the Phils, 1-8. The Cub focus seemed more concerned with their 0-7 failure than crediting their pitching with holding the Phils to 1-8. Then again, C. Utley don’t need runners on to drive in runs.

    Probably the biggest tragedy in the Phils RISP failing was Wil Nieves who went the Willie Valdez route in the 4th with an inning ending twin killing off a bases loaded at bat. And that’s too bad because Nieves has actually done decently with RISP over the course of his well travelled career.

    Tomorrow, another chance for the 2 media moguls who chose AJ Burnett to be the biggest free agent flop to giggle with glee about how smart they might be. I wish ’em luck, facing this Chicub attack. It may be cold, and the Cubs most dangerous hitter might be a callup removed from the big club, but this Cub offense is P-R-E-S-S-I-N-G. And the Phils next victim, the Brew Crew will not have a 100% healthy Ryan Braun when they come to town. Take it any way you can get it.

  11. Ken Bland

    April 5, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Now there’s a S-T-R-A-N-G-E question. You’d think someone would be curious to ask about the last time a guy pitched a 10 hit shutout, but this time, this situation, this circumstance, don’t nobody care who it was, what they wanna know was WHEN it happened, and if Schmenkman knows when that was.

    My guess would be January 15, 1979, and Schmenkman knows that it was that date. I guess if Schmenkman provides a date, then he’ll have killed both questions with one reply. That’s called a double play, or maybe it’s double jeaporday.

    Rolling right along. in great coachspeak form, the form where a question is asked, and the respondent answers a completely different question, I would offer that 14 hits were yielded in shutout wins, once in each league. Amazingly, the Cubs WON the NL version, and of equal amaze, the Washington Senators won the AL rendition. The Senator effort came via Milt Gaston, who 2 years earlier threw a 12 hit shutout. Both pitchers be dead by now. Well, by common sense thinking, at least. But they both occurred after 1900, so fans in attendance did not get to the park by covered wagon, qualifying the successes as within modern day baseball classification.

  12. schmenkman

    April 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Giving up 10+ hits in a complete game shutout has been done 175 times, but not since 2004, when both Carlos Silva and Sean Burnett did it.

    What Lee today, giving up 10+ hits in at least 7 shutout innings has been done only a little more often (207 times) and was last done almost 9 years ago, by Dontrelle Willis in 2005.

  13. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Ken and Schmenkman, you both never disappoint! Thank you for the answers, as it was greatly appreciated.

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